Russia changed its position on Ukraine's prospects of EU membership, says UN diplomat

Russia changed its position on Ukraine's prospects of EU membership, says UN diplomat

Russia has changed its position on Ukraine's prospects of EU membership, according to Moscow's Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Dmitry Polyanskiy. The diplomat told Unherd News that such a goal can't be a part of any peace deal with Kiev.

Previously, Moscow was not concerned about the prospects of Ukraine joining the organisation, he indicated, but the position has since changed.

Polyanskiy explained that the catalyst was Brussels' behavior since Russia launched its offensive in February. Moscow feels that the EU has become fully aligned with the US-led NATO.

He pointed out a recent statement from the bloc's chief diplomat Josep Borrell, in which the Spanish-born official publicly expressed a preference for a military solution to the current conflict.

We were not very worried about the European Union at this point, but the situation has changed after Mr. Borrell stated that this war should be won on the battleground and after the fact that the European Union is the leader in deliveries of arms to Ukraine. I think our position on the European Union is more similar to NATO because we don't see a big difference, Polyanskiy stated.

The conflict has escalated to the point that there is little to no place for diplomacy left, he admitted. Polyanskiy blamed Western efforts to prolong the hostilities for the situation, the lack of constructive dialogue, the inability of Kiev to keep its promises, and the lack of constructive dialogue.

I don't see any diplomatic options given the position of Ukraine, given the fuelling of this conflict by the West. He said that there was no way for diplomacy right now, as a diplomat.

Polyanskiy didn't give any estimates on how long the conflict could go on. He said that I don't have a crystal ball to predict such things.

If the conflict in Ukraine is tried to stop by putting gas into the Western countries, it can be protracted for some time, but it wouldn't change the whole pace of the conflict, so it wouldn't prevent Russia from reaching the objectives.

Russia attacked the neighboring state in late February, after Ukraine s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The German and French protocols were designed to give the breakaway regions special status within the Ukrainian state.

Since then, the Kremlin has demanded that Ukraine declare itself a neutral country that will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists that the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked and has denied that it was planning to retake the two republics by force.